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Find Good Books to Read

Is your book club looking for good books to read? Check out a bundle of books from the SDHC Lending Library for a small fee.

Download a Free Copy of our Catalog

The 2018 South Dakota Humanities Council Program Catalog is available for download.

Want to book a speaker, check out a set of novels for your book club, or just find out more about our programs like the South Dakota Festival of Books and One Book South Dakota? Click the button below for your free copy.

Thank You For Your Support

Thank you for your continued support of the humanities in South Dakota.

In its comprehensive FY 2019 budget, the Trump administration requested that Congress appropriate approximately $42 million to the National Endowment for the Humanities for "the orderly closure of the agency." To read the NEH's statement, click here

Please visit our advocacy page to find out how you can advocate for the humanities. We'll need your support as we face this next challenge. 



  1. William Kent Krueger is a longtime favorite of South Dakota Festival of Books fans, who enjoy meeting the affable mystery author. The feeling is mutual. Continue Reading

  2. The Board of Directors of the South Dakota Humanities Council announced today that Executive Director Sherry DeBoer will retire in December 2018. Continue Reading

  3. Ten major grants were approved for funding during the South Dakota Humanities Council spring grant cycle. Continue Reading

  4. The best book club books are meaningful, easily discussed and don't have an intimidating page count. Continue Reading

Programs & Events

6:00 pm | Faith Public/School Library
1:00 pm | Hazel L. Meyer Memorial Library
6:00 pm | Britton Public Library
3:00 pm | 1881 Courthouse Museum, Courtroom
6:00 pm | Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library
1:00 pm | Historic Prairie Village Opera House
2:00 pm | Marcus P. Beebe Memorial Library
10:30 am | Beaver Creek Church, Heritage Park

South Dakota Humanities Council

The South Dakota Humanities Council (SDHC), founded in 1972 in response to an act of Congress, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and the only cultural organization in the state whose sole mission is to deliver humanities programming to the people of South Dakota. Our vision is to "lead statewide advocacy for the humanities, working with other partners to foster literary and civic engagement." This programming vision forms the core mission:

The South Dakota Humanities Council celebrates literature, promotes civil conversation, and tells the stories that define our state.

Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose. It is a seeking that he who wishes may know the cosmic secrets of the world and they that dwell therein.
- Zora Neale Hurston